The NSF has announced the RII Track-1 solicitation for this year. More information here: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16557/nsf16557.htm
Letter of Intent Due Date (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): July 05, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): August 02, 2016
Estimated Number of Awards: 7
Anticipated Funding Amount: $28,000,000 in FY 2017 (pending quality of proposals and availability of funds).
Who May Submit Proposals:
Only jurisdictions that meet the EPSCoR eligibility criteria [The eligibility criteria link is out of date as of this blog–ed] may submit proposals to the Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 (RII Track-1) competition. In addition, only eligible EPSCoR jurisdictions with current RII Track-1 awards that expire before October 1, 2017 and those without current RII Track-1 awards may compete in the FY 2017 RII Track-1 competition.
The jurisdiction’s EPSCoR steering committee must designate a fiscal agent/proposing organization as the responsible recipient for the RII Track-1 award. This must be the employing organization of the Project Director. The jurisdiction must have in place a Science and Technology (S&T) Plan in order to submit an RII Track-1 proposal.
Who May Serve as PI:
The Project Director and Principal Investigators of proposed EPSCoR projects must be affiliated with research universities, agencies, or organizations within the participant jurisdiction. In addition, the Project Director must be the lead Principal Investigator and be employed by the fiscal agent/proposing organization.
Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1
An eligible EPSCoR jurisdiction may submit only one Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 (RII Track-1) proposal in response to this solicitation. In addition, only the designated fiscal agent/proposing organization, acting on behalf of a jurisdiction’s EPSCoR steering committee, may submit the RII Track-1 proposal.
Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1